Sept. 26-Oct. 6

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a 3 pm matinee on Sunday

The inaugural SHINE PLAY PLAY FESTIVAL will feature 10 short plays written by

local, national, and international playwrights with the theme “Black Men Illuminated,” in addition to a performance of Dr. Shine’s one-act play, “Shoes.

The short plays featured in this year’s dynamic festival range from historic dramas to absurd farces and include DEAR BRUH by Atlanta based writer, Shemetra

Carter, a serio-comedy about two sharecropping brothers; GAB IRISH-LIKE, a comedy by Rex McGregor, a New Zealand based writer; Houston writer Jared La’Pread’s

heartwarming play, HARLEM, centers around a young man coming to terms with his sexuality; HONEST ABE, a short historical drama by Dallas writers

Camika Spencer and Kyndal Robertson, inspired by Abraham Bolden, the first African-American Secret Service agent assigned to the Presidential Protective

division, who was appointed by John F. Kennedy in 1961; LESSONS FROM EINSTEIN, written by Houston-based writer, Eric C. Jones, a lovely piece about a fictitious

and fortuitous meeting between Albert Einstein and a black Pullman porter; Prolific Oklahoma City playwright, La’Charles Purvey’s, haunting LIKE FIREFLIES

explores memory and the relationship between mothers and sons; New York playwright Seth Freeman’s clever short play, THE PIVOT, puts a lens on racial discrimination

in the workplace; THE WAY IT WAS/THE WAY IT IS written by Erin Malone Turner, with story by Shelly Williams, is a powerful drama about a father and son

trying to reconnect after the father’s incarceration; TINDER-SUCKA by Inda Craig-Galvan, a stage and screenwriter in Los Angeles, is a hilarious anachronistic

farce about relationships and technology told with a blaxsploitation flair; and finally, Dallas-based playwright Steven Young’s UNDER THE OVERPASS is a

riveting drama set in the shadows of the Dallas skyline between a homeless man and a driver who accidently disrupts his life. Ted Shine’s SHOES is set

in Dallas during the 1960’s and centers around three teenage boys choosing between school and style.


South Dallas Cultural Center,


3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue,


Ticket price: $22.50